Ross century helps keep Harrogate in touch with title-chasers

George Ross: Century kept his side in touch with top two. Pic:  Caught Light Photography.
George Ross: Century kept his side in touch with top two. Pic: Caught Light Photography.
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A knock of 102 from George Ross helped Harrogate recover from their five-wicket humbling against Barnsley two weeks ago to thrash Appleby Frodingham by 136 runs, writes Alex Bowmer.

Jonathan Tattersall (64) and Connor Ryan (50) also impressed with the bat as Harrogate posted an impressive total of 293-8. Appleby found the going tough, and only Kieran Lindley (41) managed a significant score, with David Foster (5-43) doing some damage with the ball. The away team were dismissed for 157.

After this triumph, Harrogate still have a good chance of catching Rotherham Town and Barnsley at the top of the table.

Yorkshire Academy leapfrogged Driffield Town and Appleby with a thumping eight-wicket triumph over Cleethorpes.

Alex Osmond (79) and David Mansfield (54) gave the Lincolnshire side hope, but too many of their team-mates misfired, and Cleethorpes were dismissed for 186.

The Academy side then efficiently reached their target, with Mosun Hussain (82no) and Eliot Callis (72) displaying admirable composure to steer the team to a total of 187-2.

Castleford went down to arguably their most disappointing defeat of the season, losing by 60 runs to basement club Hull.

Opening pair Tom Appleyard (97) and Andy Simpson (55) played pivotal roles in the victory, as Hull finished on 271-9.

Cas were then unable to put enough runs on the board, with James Sykes, who had earlier managed bowling figures of 4-65, top-scoring with 86.

Hull’s Jahangir Alam starred with the ball, ending the day with figures of 6-59, as the visitors were dismissed for 211.

Castleford’s inconsistency has been their Achilles heel this season, and they have not yet put clear water between themselves and the bottom few clubs.